May 4, 2014

Review of Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Release Date: March 18, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 400
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA/Dystopia
Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

I want to start off this review by talking about how GORGEOUS the cover for Elusion is, I mean have you seen it?!? It's just looks so colorful and cool, I'm a sucker for books with good covers and the cover of Elusion convinced me to buy it back in March.

The plot of Elusion was exciting and full of mystery and conspiracy, it reminded me several times of other books I've read but it was still very original. It takes place in DETROIT, that was highly original and the first time I've read a book that set place there. The futuristic Detroit is very polluted with things like acid rain and filth from oil occurring everyday. Some days in the book the characters couldn't even go outside without wearing oxygen masks because of how bad the air was. The state of the city is pretty dim but I really enjoyed reading about it, there was just so much information and detail to take in. The other large setting Elusion takes place is in the Escapes, these are virtual landscapes people can visit by using their Elusion. You are completely submerged inside the landscape through all of your senses. In Elusion you get to read about numerous Escapes and even get to read about some that are being destroyed and some that are being built. They reminded me of the Under the Never Sky trilogy but had way more detail. Overall, Claudia and Cheryl provide you with a plethora of settings to read about, each one unique and highly interesting.

The main characters of Elusion (Regan, Josh, Patrick) were interesting enough to read about but the secondary characters not so much. While the main characters were fairly developed I felt like more time could have been spent on the other ones. However, the characters in no way at all detract from the story and in fact add to it. The other thing that annoyed me although it's more of a personal thing was that there was a sort of love triangle between Regan, Josh, and Patrick. No matter what book it is I just don't like love triangles, they almost always annoy me. Other than those issues the character portion of Elusion wasn't the best but was still fairly good.

Elusion ends in pretty big cliffhanger, I still can't stop thinking about how it ended even though almost two months have passed since I've read it. The next book is set to come out in 2015 and I can't even start to think about how far away that is, just trust me that if you read Elusion than you will also feel the same way. Elusion is a prefect match for people who like the Under the Never Sky trilogy, virtual reality, and futuristic dystopia.

4.5/5 - Really good book

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